A scenario that has been raising concern on college campuses might go something like this: He is a middle-aged English professor, an expert on Henry James, who appears worldly and sophisticated in his tweed jacket while lecturing to his class. The appropriateness of faculty-student dating is being discussed on campuses throughout Westchester, echoing a nationwide debate about whether such relationships should be tolerated, regulated or banned altogether.She is an 18-year-old freshman, starry eyed and entranced by her teacher's apparent brilliance and sensitivity. Faculty members at the University of Virginia recently voted to prohibit sexual relationships between professors and the students they supervise.
The behaviour The offences are concerned with a range of behaviour, not just intercourse.Sexual relationships between teachers and pupils aged 16 and over have been happening for a long time.Similarly, for a long time, there has been a feeling that, once at the age of consent, a sexual relationship between consenting adults – irrespective of the student/teacher relationship – is not one into which the law should intrude.Parliament has seen otherwise and since 2001, there have been specific ‘abuse of trust’ offences.Some teachers get into sexual relationships with students who are under the age of 16. Are they two consenting adults in love, or is it sexual harassment and exploitation?